🔎Guide | Recover Ethereum Validator Mnemonic Seed

How to recover an ethereum validator's 24 word secret recovery phrase with seedrecovery.py by btcrecover.

Step 1: Setup an offline PC with Ubuntu Live USB

Windows: Installing BTCRecover in Windows: https://youtu.be/8q65eqpf4gE

Linux: Installing BTCRecover in Ubuntu Live USB: https://youtu.be/Met3NbxcZTU

Step 2: Install btcrecover

Open a terminal window from anywhere by typing Ctrl+Alt+T.

With a terminal open inside your Ubuntu Live session, run the following.

# Install dependencies
sudo apt install python3-tk
sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt install python3-pip

# Download btcrecover and install requirements
cd ~
wget https://github.com/3rdIteration/btcrecover/archive/master.zip
unzip master.zip
cd btcrecover-master
pip3 install -r requirements.txt
pip3 install git+https://github.com/ethereum/staking-deposit-cli.git@v2.5.0
pip3 install py_ecc

# Verify the install by running tests
python3 run-all-tests.py -vv

Step 3: Go offline

  • Disconnect ethernet cable and/or disable WIFI.

  • Verify no internet access by attemping to ping.

ping 8.8.8.8

Ping result should say Network is unreachable.

Step 4: Run the recovery process

Recovery for Ethereum Validator seeds is the same as a standard seed recovery, but uses the validators public key (Also known as Signing Key) in the place of an address.

Seedrecover.py will automatically run through four search phases that should take a few hours at most. The four search phases include:

  • Single typo

  • Two typos, including one where you might have a completely different word

  • Three typos, including one where you might have a completely different word

  • Two typos that could be completely different words

Here's the command to recover your ETH validator's secret recovery phase. Update accordingly.

python3 seedrecover.py --mnemonic "<secret recovery phrase>" --addrs <pubkey of validator> --wallet-type ethereumvalidator --addr-limit <number of validators created> --mnemonic-length 24
  • --mnemonic : Enter your best guess for your seed/mnemnoic/secret recovery phrase

  • --addrs : this is your validators public key without the 0x prefix. For example, if you have the keystores files the pubkey can be found inside "keystore-m_12381_3600_0_0_0-xxxxxxx.json" Without keystore files, you can look up your validator's pubkey online at beaconcha.in or etherscan.io by following the validator's 32ETH deposit transaction.

  • --addr-limit : Adjust this to the number of validators you created on this mnemonic.

Not recommended: Running recovery on an online machine? Add the flag --dsw

Best guess - Only have 23 words. Missing one word somewhere.

python3 seedrecover.py --mnemonic "cousin fury spatial aisle day write bulk empower fog fault stick broom demand valve fine able subway absent valve inform coconut oval season" --addrs 99722e2d3cdf850ef76516273273b5b2bfd062a6b706f6c395e116183fecd1ba6f9e9a479006a621168154e260f1a9d9 --wallet-type ethereumvalidator --addr-limit 1 --mnemonic-length 24

Place an x where the wrong word is, position is known.

python3 seedrecover.py --mnemonic "cousin fury spatial aisle day write bulk empower fog fault stick broom demand valve fine able x absent valve inform coconut oval season master" --addrs 99722e2d3cdf850ef76516273273b5b2bfd062a6b706f6c395e116183fecd1ba6f9e9a479006a621168154e260f1a9d9 --wallet-type ethereumvalidator --addr-limit 1 --mnemonic-length 24

Two wrong or missing words, position is known.

python3 seedrecover.py --mnemonic "cousin fury spatial aisle day write bulk empower fog fault stick broom demand valve fine able x x absent valve inform coconut oval season master" --addrs 99722e2d3cdf850ef76516273273b5b2bfd062a6b706f6c395e116183fecd1ba6f9e9a479006a621168154e260f1a9d9 --wallet-type ethereumvalidator --addr-limit 1 --mnemonic-length 24

Created 3 validators. Addr-limit is 3. One missing word somewhere.

python3 seedrecover.py --mnemonic "cousin fury spatial aisle day write bulk empower fog fault stick broom demand valve fine able absent valve inform coconut oval season master" --addrs b9bf3e3781f288547a10a65f3ec18d38668be0af5b498b446b95530e2adee6eb30fa4c0a47abe93b198d8fed7d68385a --wallet-type ethereumvalidator --addr-limit 3 --mnemonic-length 24
Starting seedrecover 1.13.0-CryptoGuide, btcrecover 1.13.0-Cryptoguide on Python 3.10.12 64-bit, 21-bit unicodes, 64-bit ints

Assuming a 24 word mnemonic. (This can be overridden with --mnemonic-length)
2024-03-03 12:41:45 : Phase 1/4: up to 2 mistakes, excluding entirely different seed words.
Not enough entirely different seed words permitted; skipping this phase.
2024-03-03 12:41:45 : Search Complete
 Seed not found
2024-03-03 12:41:45 : Phase 2/4: 1 mistake which can be an entirely different seed word.
Wallet Type: btcrseed.WalletEthereumValidator
2024-03-03 12:41:48 : Using 10 worker threads
1660 of 2048 [#############################################################################################----------------------] 0:00:01, ETA:  0:00:00
2024-03-03 12:41:50 : Search Complete

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Seed found: cousin fury spatial aisle day write bulk empower fog fault stick broom demand valve fine able subway absent valve inform coconut oval season master

Step 5: Shutdown offline PC

By shutting down Ubuntu Live ISO session, all data used during this task is forgotten.

Congrats on recovering your ETH Validator!!! Consider donating to the tool makers, btcrecover.

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